About Mental Health

Approximately 1 in 4 people in Northern Ireland will experience a problem with their mental health at some stage in their life.

The remaining 3 people will know someone who is experiencing a mental health problem.  This section aims to help you to:

  • understand mental health , mental ill-health and mental illness
  • give you tips on what to do if you think you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem
  • list some frequently asked questions

What is mental health?
Just like physical health, we all have mental health.  Our mental health is how we think, feel and act.  It controls how we manage day-to-day life and stressful situations.  It is important we look after both our physical and mental health from infancy through to adulthood.

When our mental health is good, we feel positive and confident. Good mental health helps us cope well with daily challenges. There are certain things we can introduce to our daily life that can help us to maintain a good mental health and can also help during the early signs of mental ill-health.    Another way of ensuring a good mental health is by seeking professional help when you need it.  Make an appointment to speak to your GP.  There are also a range of community based support organisations across NI.  Click here for more information

Everyone has mental health and we can all experience times where we feel less able to deal with stressful situations. Good mental health relates to experiencing positive psychological and emotional well-being. When you feel good mentally, you may feel much more able to achieve your goals and enjoy life.

Good mental health builds resilience, and if you are feeling more resilient, you're able to cope with what life throws at you; at other times you might require more support to bounce back.

Mental health problems can range from experiencing worries and anxiety as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. Most people who experience mental ill health can make a full recovery and learn to live a fulfilling life with or without ongoing symptoms of their condition, particularly if they get the right support early on.